Review of The Third Chopstick

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
Posts: 268
Joined: 12 Aug 2021, 07:34
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 50
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Cheating on God by Dr Daphne Curges

Review of The Third Chopstick

Post by peace_m »

[Following is an official review of "The Third Chopstick" by Biff Ward.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review

Do you nurse an incurable curiosity about the Vietnam War? Do you wish to learn and glean more perspective about the effects of the war from different points of view? If yes, then Biff Wards' book titled The Third Chopstick would arm you with more information than you can imagine.

The book begins with a protest, possibly organized by young Biff and her partner — Lan, against Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. While the rally ramps us, Biff is tangled in a vision-like trance in the body of a young guerilla in Vietnam. This experience casts the first determined hook that stirs her curiosity and further obsession with the war. This chokehold obsession leads her to many books and trips about Vietnam. She begins working with veterans, listening to their stories and understanding their perspectives. That graces her the fortune to meet with some intriguing personalities across Australia, Vietnam, and America. One of which is Raymond Fulton. Ray strikes a chord within Biff with his mannerism and flaring words. His analogy of the third chopstick gives Biff an unprecedented understanding of the compartmentalization of a Veteran's mind.

Biff Ward inks her story with the echo of a lyrical poet. There is this intrigue and delicacy in which she crafts her sentences, highlighting every word as necessary and holding a deep meaning. She tells the story with a longing savor that makes me feel like I am transmitted to Australia in the late 1980s, watching these events and taking notes.

I am very intrigued by the author's writing style. It was smooth, piquing, and very encapsulating. Also, the book is a well of information as Biff has gone all out in previous years to anchor herself to the history of Vietnam. Therefore, she pours out actual events from victims' mouths and their families. I have read some books on the Vietnam War, but none comes close to clearing the shrouded veil of the bitter happenings. Biff takes us through the veterans — their experiences and trauma. Then, the Vietnamese victims — the pre-and post-effects of the war, the wives who suffered from the veterans' traumas, and finally, her own experiences in the beautiful country. The richness of knowledge and experience in this book grips me. It is beyond commendable.

I was drawn to the character of Ray. His ability to self-diagnose and develop ways that would help him live without tipping off the edge is riveting. His analogy of the book's title also resonated with me. I cannot help but think if it also applies to other areas of life. Sincerely, there is nothing I dislike about this book. The amount of knowledge I gleaned about the war is satisfying. In addition, this book is professionally edited with just one grammatical error. For these reasons, I rate The Third Chopstick 4 out of 4 stars.

I recommend this book to veterans and those curious about the war and its effects.

The Third Chopstick
View: on Bookshelves
User avatar
Raymond N
Posts: 2120
Joined: 28 Dec 2021, 09:59
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 87
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Down Heartbreak Boulevard by Efren O’brIen
2022 Reading Goal: 100
2022 Goal Completion: 68%

Post by Raymond N »

This should also be interesting for lovers of history. I enjoyed reading your review.
Khalia Minto
Posts: 2
Joined: 20 Nov 2021, 13:48
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by Khalia Minto »

Just reading this you can just actually use your imagination to see all that is happening. All in all I think this book is very interesting to read and persons who love to read about wars and the after effects of wars would really love this book. I would recommend this book 100%
User avatar
Posts: 193
Joined: 24 Feb 2022, 18:12
Currently Reading: A dream for peace
Bookshelf Size: 14
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Killing Abel by Michael Tieman
2022 Reading Goal: 24
2022 Goal Completion: 20%

Post by LadyWhyte3 »

I normally would not read a book or review about wars, but the title piqued my interest. This review is captivating and I find myself longing to read a book I normally would not pick up.
Posts: 244
Joined: 18 Apr 2022, 14:34
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 27
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Bama Boy by Bobby Morrison

Post by Christopherio »

historic and war books are not my thing but this seems like a good read. great review.
User avatar
Uwe Neufeld
Posts: 253
Joined: 29 Dec 2021, 11:58
Favorite Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Favorite Book: Treasure Island
Currently Reading: The Maestro Monologue
Bookshelf Size: 38
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Living in Color by Mike Murphy
fav_author_id: 3039
2022 Reading Goal: 20
2022 Goal Completion: 110%

Post by Uwe Neufeld »

In view of the conflict in Uktaine, the Vietnam war is again remembered, the fight for freedom and democracy. But also the tragic suffering of so many. Interesting review!
Posts: 171
Joined: 25 Apr 2022, 01:49
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 17
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Shitolian by O Persaud

Post by rose203 »

As an avid war and history enthusiast, I will definitely pick this up. Great review.
Latest Review: Shitolian by O Persaud
Posts: 130
Joined: 16 Mar 2022, 05:38
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Fox by M. N. J. Butler

Post by ellimctreph »

I this history lovers are going to enjoy this a lot.
Post Reply

Return to “Non-Fiction Books”